Mosaic Mandalas- My Current Obsession

I have enjoyed creating several mandalas over the last year and a half as well as teaching classes so that others could create and enjoy them also. I love the circle form, the symmetrical nature, and of course how I get to play with color.

I did a little research on mandalas and found the following two explanations meaningful and worthwhile reading. 

From the website

The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit.  Loosely translated to mean “circle”, a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself- a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.

Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family and community.

And from

Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order.

Mandalas have been used by lots of cultures. From Buddhism to Hinduism, Aboriginal to Hopi…even ancient alchemy – to be sure, mandalas have served mankind for centuries. The famed Swiss psychiatrist, Dr. Carl Jung, employed the mandala in his work with clients. He felt when concentrated upon deeper human consciousness became elevated to an extent the conscious was able to receive revelation about the true potential and wholeness of the self.

Here are just a few examples of my student’s mandalas. Enjoy!

Mariann Keenan


Leslie Meehan

Fran Senchek

Pam Jara

Karen Okun

Jackie Chagala


Tree of Life Mosaic

Over the last several years I have created many trees in clay as well as in mosaics. It’s a theme that obviously resonates with me. Here is my latest work in progress. It’s being created using Mexican smalti, which I have not worked with much at all before.  The border, tree, flowers, birds, and leaves are all created out of clay. I love designing clay elements into my mosaics. With such a long career of working with clay, I can’t seem to get away from it. It’s such a different medium than glass or stone- so malleable. I think the two work really well together. This has been a work in progress for a while due to making angels and my teaching schedule. I’ll be sure to post the finished product as soon as it’s done.

Mosaic Peacock

Welcome to My Mosaic World!

Welcome to my mosaic world. I am so thrilled with my new website!

I feel very fortunate to live in the San Diego area where we have such a lovely climate. Most days in my studio are spent with the garage door open to the view of the succulent garden outside and the sound of the birds singing. However, not all days are glorious in Escondido, and after teaching a class in my studio last August when the temperatures got above 100 degrees, I vowed never to experience that again. So after procrastinating through the winter, I finally took on the project of fixing that problem this spring/summer. The first step was to get insulation and drywall in the ceiling, then to paint, and then to have the air conditioner installed. I am so happy to say that I now have a wonderfully cool studio. A side effect of the project was that I have done a great deal of cleaning and reorganizing, and now the space is beautiful and full of light. I hope you’ll stop by to see me or register for a class. It’s truly a wonderful place to hang out!